Australia 34 - 54 New Zealand: All Blacks blitz Wallabies

Exclusive: Bernard Foley focused on lifting the gloom over Australian rugby

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed All Black Jerome Kaino is on his way back to New Zealand to deal with a "personal matter".

The Wallabies put up some sort of a fight in the second half after trailing 40-6 at the break with some of the bench players putting their hands up for a start next week as the All Blacks put the cue in the rack to reduce the final margin to 20 points.

Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith scored tries early in the second half as this competition opener turned into a complete mauling.

Australia rallied with four converted second-half tries - from winger Curtis Rona on his debut, centres Tevita Kuridrani and Kurtley Beale, and full-back Israel Folau.

The visitors' summer exertions against the British and Irish Lions perhaps caught up with them in the second period and Australia cashed in, scoring 28 points, but New Zealand ran out comfortable 54-34 winners.

"We obviously came here to try and play our game and it really came off".

Ioane had his second nearly immediately following a Wallabies mistake with a pass going astray in midfield that was swopped on by Ryan Crotty who found Ioane and he ran 40 metres to score the All Blacks third try after just a tick over 20 minutes on the clock.

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The scandals have rocked New Zealand rugby to the core, with their previously immaculate reputation in tatters with suggestions there was a culture of bad behaviour within the squad.

NZR said it could not comment on the allegations about Kaino nor new details which have emerged this week about scrum-half Aaron Smith's tryst in an airport bathroom previous year.

After 15 years of losing Bledisloe series, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says there's nothing wrong with focusing on winning the trophy.

"Any time you can put that number of points and score tries like that against any worldwide team, it feels pretty good", said Read.

Bernard Foley kicked the Wallabies to trail by a point with a 17th-minute penalty after the All Blacks scrum was penalised.

A loose pass and a handling error by the Wallabies soon in the middle of the field gifted Ioane his second in the space of three minutes as the score jumped out to 19-6.

The New Zealanders claimed their fifth try just before half-time when Sonny Bill Williams crashed over and Barrett's conversion stretched the world champions' lead to 33-6.



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